A Tribute to First and Second Genaration KPOP Idols

The first of Iloilo Kpop Organization this year is a tribute show to the first and second generation idols who worked hard to introduce Kpop to the world, and made the path a lot easier to pass for the new generation.

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It is a show designed to not just recap, but also tell the history of Kpop to the new fans. The title of the show was inspired by the Reply Series (Reply 1997 and 1994) and KBS Immortal Song. It was entitled, REPLY KPOP LEGENDS: AN IMMORTAL CONCERT.

More than two hundred members of Iloilo Kpop Organization came to watch and participate in the show. This is almost half of all the active members. Some members and cover artists weren’t able to come due to school work, and busy schedules.

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The first generation groups portrayed were Seo Taiji and the Boys (stated as the first Kpop group in history), H.O.T. and Sech Skies (first male groups with wild fandom rivalry), S.E.S. (the first Kpop girl group), Shinhwa (the longest running Kpop group) and Cool (one of the first Kpop mixed groups who made waves with their danceable music).

Three much controversial groups were portrayed in the second generation of idols. With the presence of Cassiopeias and ELFs in the audience, DongBangShinKi (recognized as the group with most number of registered fans in Guiness Book of World Records, with the most sasaeng fans, most loved by Japan and made way for more Korean artists to expand in that country) and Super Junior (the first boy group to have so much number of members, with the biggest fanbase in Asia, and having the biggest number of fans in the Philippines) received much attention and cheers from the audience. Kara (the number one Kpop girl group in Japan, and one of Korea’s representative girl group) was also well-supported by the audience.

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Ballad singers were also showcased such as Baek Ji Young (Korea’s queen of ballads), Jang Nara (one of Korea’s best Hallyu Stars in China), Lyn (Soul Diva and queen of OSTs), K.Will (ballad prince), FT Island (the first Kpop band who made it big overseas), and Davichi (the duo respected with looks and voices).

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Solo acts from first to second generation were also presented with performances of songs from Bada (leader of S.E.S. and now well-respected with her stage performances in Immortal Song), BoA (the one and only Queen of Korean Wave, number one Kpop solo artist in Japan since the age of 14, and even recognized worldwide with her dancing skills during her US debut), Ivy (the original pop diva), Son Dambi (the pop sexy queen), Lee Hyori (leader of Fin KL — one of the most famous first generation girl groups, the original Bad Girl), XIA Junsu (DongBangShinKi lead vocal, the highest paid and most in-demand musical actor in Korea), Taeyang (Bigbang — world renowned Hip Hop Kpop group’s main vocalist, and one of the hottest idols in Korea), Sunmi (Ex member of Wonder Girls — first Korean girl group who made it big worldwide), Yoon Mirae (The Queen of Korean Hip Hop), and the rivalry of Se7en (one of Kpop’s longest running solo artists, worked with famous producers in the US, and some singers like Lil Mama and Amerie) and Rain (World Star, famous of his hollywood movies Ninja Assasin and Speed Racer, well-loved world wide with his dramas and songs).

There was also a special ALL-FOR-FUN stage with the performance of GDragon and Hyungdon’s Going To Try as a literal meaning of collaboration between old and new idols.

Cover artists present in the show were Djuke, Troua, Beat by Arts members, LAZER (combination of Kimsshi and Girlfriend19), Ruvixx, Steph (GeeDee) and Pinky of Kiss Media, Spades, Kemalla, Sha Sha, BEYOND, Rafflesia’s Acky and Paul, SHINx, Kex Batara of After Shock, HyunJae, and some other cover artists who extended their hands as back up dancers of the solo ones.

It was a sweet success for the organization, achieving its goal to re-tell the story of how KPOP really started and made news though not all old generation groups and artists were portrayed.

Article by: Iveca Cale IgnacioPictures: FB accounts of Dorothy Sumulat, Gabriel Yap, and Blache Salarda

JOHDA! Awards 2013 Results Announced

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As the Iloilo Kpop Official News Blog celebrates it’s fourth year anniversary, recently, we conducted an online POLL for Iloilo Kpop enthusiasts vote for their FAVORITE COVER ARTISTS in JOHDA! AWARDS 2013.

All cover artists inside Iloilo Kpop Organization were part of the poll. Each and everyone has a chance to vote.

There were rumors that votes might be manipulated by our dear admins of this blog, but we will assure you 100% that our conscience is clean.

Thus, the process of voting goes this way as we explained many time when we promoted our past article:

VOTING PROCESS:

1. Three kinds of polls were displayed in the article.

(Tatlong klaseng pagbobotohan ang nakalagay sa artikulo).

2. You can vote many times since when you refresh the page, the poll also refreshes. However, only your first vote was counted.

(Pwede kang bumoto ng maraming beses pag ni-refresh mo ang pahina dahil nagrerefresh din ulit ang talaan. Subalit ang unang boto mo lang ang nabilang)

3. The poll was computer generated. The votes were blocked according computer cookies and IP address.

(Ang kumpyuter ang nagbibilang ng boto. Hinaharangan ng kompyuter ang cookies at IP address kung saan ka bumoto)

4. Meaning, only 1 vote is counted in each computer you use. To vote again, go to another computer and your vote will be counted.

(Ibig sabihin, isang boto lang ang binibilang sa isang kompyuter. Para bumoto ulit, bumoto gamit ang ibang kompyuter).

 

We had explained the process of voting many times in our posts. We always say that reading instructions first is very important.

 

And so, the results are here:

FAVORITE ROOKIE COVER GROUP OF THE YEAR

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FAVORITE SOLO COVER ARTIST OF THE YEAR

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FAVORITE COVER GROUP OF THE YEAR

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The certificates with our mini-trophy alternatives were given to the winners last Saturday, February 8, 2014 after the Reply Kpop Legends: An Immortal Concert.

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Congratulations to all the winners! You all deserve to win! CHUKKHAHAMNIDA!

 

 

article and pictures by: Iveca Cale Ignacio

Iloilo Kpop Organization will Join Bugasong, Antique Fiesta 2014!

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KPOP will invade Antique as Iloilo Kpop Organization sponsored by Mayor Bernard N. Pesayco, and the LGU of Bugasong, Antique will bring three of the best cover groups for a show in Bugasong Plaza on January 18, 2014 at 5pm.

C-UNIT, Iloilo Kpop Organization’s representative cover group will be covering EXO K and will perform four of EXO’s songs. Some members of GeeDee and SHINx combined to make awesome covers of Girls Generation performances. While 5ne1 will give another daebak stage.

The show is also a celebration of Iloilo Kpop Organization’s fifth year anniversary, and as well as the answer to some KPOP Antiqueno enthusiasts who wants to feel the KPOP fangirling-boying vibe in their hometown.

The show was made possible by the Sanguniang Bayan of Bugasong, Antique.

IKO expects to see and meet fellow KPOP fans in this tour. See you there! :)

 

 

Article by: Iveca Cale IgnacioPhoto and Lay out by: Mark Casaquite

JOHDA! Awards 2013 — Iloilo Kpop Official News Blog 4th Anniversary Celebration

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It’s Iloilo Kpop Organization’s 5th Anniversary. It’s the Iloilo Kpop Official News Blog 4th Anniversary as well.

In CELEBRATION to that, we bring you the “JOHDA! Awards” 

The blog is giving awards to your FAVORITE COVER ARTISTS and GROUPS.

 Deadline is on January 9, 2014, and winners will be revealed on the first Kpop Convention in Iloilo on February 8, 2014.

So VOTE now!

JOHDA! COVER GROUP 2013

JOHDA! SOLO COVER ARTIST 2013

JOHDA! ROOKIE GROUP 2013

Share to your friends and let them VOTE!

[October 2013] Cover Artist of the Month: KAKKOI BOYS — So Cool!

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KAKKOI BOYS!

As there name says, they are Kakkoi! — Kakkoi is the Japanese term for COOL. If you had been a long-time member of Iloilo Kpop Organization and had seen these boys during their reign, you would say they are really KAKKOI!

If you don’t know them, well.. One of the first generation cover idols, they are the first KPOP COVER BOY GROUP in Iloilo. They used to cover SHINEE, DBSK and 2PM. With confidence and good looks, they conquered the fangirls hearts, screaming for each of their performance,

The members:

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DAVID QUIOGUE
(Leader)

 ojOJ MARCELO

cristfalCRISTFAL MAGNO

jp dakoJOHN DEREQUITO
(Big JP)

jp gamayJON PAOLO SEMBRANO
(Small JP)

 
WHY ARE THEY COOL???

1. For being able to step out as KPOP FANBOYS  during those times when there was much PREJUDICE in being a Kpop fan especially to guys.

2. For their crazy ideas about being a cover group. FYI, they are the first to use costumes/outfits during performances in IKO.

3. For waking up the competitiveness inside other cover groups. (Other cover groups during those times also took COVERing seriously because of them).

4. For standing on stage with confidence even if not all of them can dance well. (They proved that dancing and covering aren’t just for those who can dance well, but  for everyone who wants to do them).

5. For stealing fangirls hearts. HAHA.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Iloilo Kpop Organization 2nd Gathering Cover Dance Contest Champion
December 2009
Covered 2PM’s Again and Again and DBSK’s Doushite Kimi wa Suki ni Natte Shimattan Darou, IKO girls had hoity toity feels.

Iloilo Kpop Organization 3rd Gathering Cover Dance Contest Champion
April 2010
Covered SHINEE for the first time, they took all the Noona’s hearts in IKO.

IKO 3rd Gathering KAKKOI BOYS Performance

Iloilo KFest 2011 Cover Dance Contest 2nd Runner Up
January 2011
Haven’t been on stage for a long time, they made their last performance as a cover group as they joined the contest. IKO members never thought that that would be their goodbye stage.

During Kakkoi Boys reign, they were only around 3 to 5 cover groups in Iloilo and so, there weren’t much competition, but rivalry between groups were explicitly prominent.

FUN. FUN. FUN.

Actually, these boys have talents in singing and playing instruments, but sadly, their videos of covering Korean songs like Boys Over Flowers OST could not be retrieved for they deleted their facebook fanpage.

Anyway, these guys are full of fun ideas like they even thought of posing with Coca-Cola, McDonalds, etc. — thinking those are their CFs. Here’s a sample:

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COLLABORATIONS

From competition to friendship. Kakkoi Boys made good friends with the first Girls Generation cover group in the Philippines, Tuh Tuh Girls.

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With Tuh Tuh Girls, they made a collaboration music video parody of Super Junior and Girls Generation’s S.E.O.U.L.

CLICK HERE to watch TTG and KKB’s S.E.O.U.L. Parody

OJ and David also participated in KIMSSHI’s first music video parody. OJ acted as a guy who fell in loved with a broken-hearted girl while David acted (with a very short appearance — doubt if you’ll recognize him) as the bad ex-boyfriend who dated another girl.

KAKKOI BOYS are not comparable performance-wise to many good Kpop cover idols in Iloilo nowadays. However, they were instruments and pacemakers who made the first generation Kpop cover idols (in Iloilo) think of better ideas as cover artists.

KAKKOI BOYS is also a product of friendship. They did not start as a cover group, but they were friends since little, and thought that perhaps, joining as a cover group would be fun.

Yes, they have a lot of flaws. But please remember, before IKO fangirls screamed for DJuke, BBA, Troua, or the C-Unit, they screamed first for KAKKOI BOYS.

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These boys matured and grew up fast. They became busy with their own lives and activities, but they always look back on the friendship that they made with each other and with some members of IKO.

They do not perform on stage as a group anymore, but they are performing individually in their independent stages while getting appreciated not by fan girls but the society.

With much of what they had shared to the organization, and to the Kpop scene in Iloilo and the Philippines…

KAKKOI BOYS, you guys are COOL!

Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Pictures: Iloilo Kpop WordPress articles, Kakkoi Boys official Facebook accountsVideos: adiksayo @youtube, KIMSSHI Official Youtube Channel, Tuh Tuh Girls Official Facebook Fanpage

2013 Korean-Filipino Friendship Festival Closing was a Success — Sneak Peak over the Korean Fashion Show and Film Festival.

Flashy outfits with stunning faces were carried by MK International Language School Students as they showcase the Korean fashion during the closing ceremony of the Korean Festival 2013 on September 29 at SM City Iloilo Event Center.

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In cooperation with UP Daebak, MK International Language School and SM City Iloilo, the closing ceremony of the week long Korean Festival 2013 celebration was a success as the models confidently display the wardrobes sponsored by SM Department Store and walk like professionals on the runway.

Not only the fabulous modern dresses and catchy wardrobes were shown, the Fashion show also displayed the Korean traditional dress, the Hanbok, which officially opened the program.

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UP Daebak members, one of Iloilo Kpop Organization, performed EXO’s “Wolf” and Psy’s “Gentleman.”  Kim DongJoo of Busan Symphony played the Saxophone to entertain the audience in the event.

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Mr. Moon Dae Jin, the President of MK International Language School and the Vice President of Iloilo Korean Association, was thankful for the success of the event and stressed to have another Korean Festival event next year.

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Mr. Moon Dae Jin, VP Iloilo Korean Community Association

The Korean fashion show served as the closing ceremony of the week-long Korean festival which showed the beauty of Korean Culture through food, beauty and cosmetics, and music (both traditional and popular music).

The program ended with the awarding of certificates by SM City Iloilo to the Korean MK student models,  Lina Geum and Kim Hyun  Jeong – in charge of Korean food and beauty bazar, respectively.

 

On the other hand, the Korean Film Festival , which is also a part of the Korean Festival and ended on the same day, was also a success.

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Iloilo Kpop Organization Volunteers with Ms. Linh Dalangin, President of Korean Cultural Center

The event was sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and Korean Cultural Center with the partnership of SM Cinema and Iloilo KPOP Organization. The Film Festival showed six different Korean movies for FREE and were flocked by numerous audience during the weekends.

The premiere night was attended by Iloilo Kpop Organization, and Korean volunteers from MK International Language Center on September 26, SM City Iloilo, Cinema 6.

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The movies shown were Werewolf Boy, Greenday, Sunny, Deranged, Dancing Queen and Masquerade. These famous films were shown to promote the Korean Culture.

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The week-long Korean-Filipino Friendship Festival in Iloilo was such a success. Everyone is looking forward for another year of celebration!

 

Article and Photos by: Gwen CanongCo-written and edited by: Iveca Cale Ignacio

 

 

Super Simple Overwhelmed by Ilonggo Kpop Fans Welcome

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September 27, 2013 —- The Ultimate Kpop Super Idol Contest was held in SM CITY ILOILO Event Centre as part of the celebration the Korean – Filipino Friendship Festival. And when you say SUPER IDOL, of course, one of the big names in the Philippines’ Kpop scene is SUPER SIMPLE.

The news about having a Kpop cover group from Manila coming to Iloilo was given a month before the event, but with no much information about it. Many Ilonggo Kpop fans were wishing it would be one of their favorite cover groups, and yes, wish granted! The news immediately spread as soon as one of the Iloilo Kpop Organization staff met them in person, SUPER SIMPLE visited us in Iloilo!

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Unfortunately, only five members came since other members were also busy with their own schedules. Clarence, Brent, Rhein, Maverick and Rei also known as Super Simple-B delighted fans with their B1A4’s “What’s Goin’ On?” and EXO’s “History” covers. But fans went wild as they performed their most popular cover of SNSD’s “I Got A Boy.”

Some fans prepared gifts and fan signs, while others prepared to scream at the top of their lungs. Even before Super Simple came up the stage, fans actively participated chanting “Super Simple! Super Simple! Super Simple!” in chorus.

Disbelief were in Super Simple members’ eyes while looking at the people around during their interview. Brent, one of the members who got the most screams, even mentioned that he was shocked that the crowd would also be huge in Iloilo when it comes to Kpop.

The members of Super Simple gave much fan service that Maverick even answered yes when a fan asked him the question, “Will you marry me?”

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After the show, guards followed to save them from countless fans who wanted to have their pictures taken with the members. It was extremely unbelievable! Super Simple members are like real celebrities in that certain moment.

“We were really nervous before our performance because we didn’t know if anyone even knew who we were but you guys were amazing enough to prove that wrong. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank all the Ilonggo Kpop Fans who went to the event in such short notice and showed us all their love and support. We promise to comeback and we will bring the whole 10 members of Super Simple for you.”

—- from Super Simple Fan Page

Iloilo Kpop Organization had a photo session with Super Simple-B in the rehearsal room after the show. Here are some of the pictures.

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Super Simple with me (your article writer — who was also, fortunately, the emcee of the event)

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Super Simple with Iloilo Kpop Organization Staff

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Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Nheyo Markie Salde, Zianne Patna, Iveca Cale Ignacio